10:00 PM PST on Monday, January 24, 2011

By ERIN WALDNER
The Press-Enterprise

The Yucaipa City Council made numerous appointments Monday night.

There were multiple vacancies on the Yucaipa Planning Commission, the Trails and Open Space Committee, the Mobilehome Rent Review Commission and the Parks and Recreation Commission.

The council re-appointed Jerry Cape to the seven-member Planning Commission, and named three new members: Clinton Brown, Robert Coleman and Nicole Laffey.

In nominating Cape, Mayor Dick Riddell said he always does his homework as a planning commissioner and asks intelligent questions.

“Jerry is one of our best planning commissioners,” Riddell said.

Laffey is executive director of the Yucaipa Animal Placement Society, or YAPS Riddell said Laffey was raised in Yucaipa, knows local businesses, studied engineering in college and is familiar with reports that go before the commission, and is active in the community.

He also spoke in favor of appointing a woman. “It’s always been a male-dominated position,” Riddell said.

Laffey wrote on her application to serve on the Planning Commission, “I wish to increase my role in ensuring that future growth is compatible with and only enhances the characteristics and rural charm of our community.”

Brown is financial advisor and former president of the Yucaipa Chamber of Commerce.

His application said he wanted to be on the Planninc Commission “to be a positive influence on the community and to help monitor the development of Yucaipa based on the Master Plan Guide.”

Coleman, who is self-employed, said he has a real estate license and understands zoning laws and the development process.

“I have grown up in this city, and want to make sure that it continues to be a place that I’m proud to call home,” he wrote on his application. “I want to make sure that Yucaipa remails a good place to raise my family.”

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